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100-Year Old Oak Tree Falls on Russell Road’s Thanksgiving, and Thankfully, No One Hurt

This century-old oak tree crashed down across Russell Road downing power lines around 2 am Thanksgiving morning, November 28, 2019. (Photo by Patrick McLaughlin)

ALEXANDRIA, VA – Tracey Cain was in Ohio visiting family when her husband Patrick McLaughlin called from their home at 2912 Russell Road this morning at 3 am.

“The big tree in the front yard just fell down. It’s blocking the whole road. It’s pulled down a power line, and now it looks like no Thanksgiving for Russell Road,” was the news.

“No one was hurt, and not even a car was struck, but Patrick’s heart is broken,” said Tracey. “He was planning to take his 100-year old dad to the family Thanksgiving in Richmond. They are blocked in now, and can’t go.”

Power lines lay across Russell Road at 3 am November 28, 2019. (Photo by Patrick McLaughlin)

At around 3 am, there was a thunderous crash as winds yanked and uprooted a century-old oak tree from the ground near the Cain/McLaughlin driveway. The more than 90-foot tree knocked out a power line and both it and the tree lay spanned across Russell Road when Alexandria City sent out an eNews email at 3:25 am, saying, “Russell Road between Monticello Boulevard and MacArthur Road is closed due to tree and power lines down.”

Dominion Power employees are hard at work restoring power and developing a plan to extricate the tree to restore passage as soon as possible.

Mary Wadland

Mary Wadland is the Publisher and Editor in Chief of The Zebra Press, founded by her in 2010. Originally from Delray Beach, Florida, Mary is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Hollins College in Roanoke, VA and has lived and worked in the Alexandria publishing community since 1987.

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